Black Ant

 

The Black Ant, opening tonight in the East Village, doesn’t look much like any other Mexican restaurant in town, and that’s the way the owner likes it. “Our inspiration is Salvador Dali and Buñuel,” explains Jorge Guzman, who is Dominican but has spent time in Mexico. “All Mexican restaurants go with the same old ideas — it’s what they know. But we wanted something different. And you know, Mexico is so surreal.”

Hence the noir-esque black-ant motif, the proliferation of skulls, the strips of leaves embedded in the walls, the geometrically patterned upholstery, and the psychedelic ant mural on the back wall. (Click through our slideshow to see them all.)

 

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